2015 GWS Conference Proceedings

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Engagement, Education, and Expectations: The Future of Parks and Protected Areas is the proceedings volume from the 2015 GWS Biennial Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites. The book (203 pp.) is published in digital (PDF) format only. You can download the whole book or individual papers. Links below.

Cover photos courtesy of Samantha Weber.


Weber, Samantha, ed. 2016. Engagement, Education, and Expectations: The Future of Parks and Protected Areas—Proceedings of the 2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites. Hancock, Michigan: George Wright Society.


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Table of Contents

1 Introduction and Acknowledgments
David Harmon

2 Monitoring Landbirds in National Parks: Understanding Populations, Migratory Connectivity, and Climate Change
Steven Albert, David DeSante, Rodney Siegel, Danielle Kaschube, and James Saracco

3 Communities of Practice Beyond Our Borders: Building an International Program at Yosemite National Park
Don L. Neubacher, Mike Gauthier, and Jodi Bailey

4 How People Learn Science: Taking a Whole-Life Perspective
John H. Falk

5 Nature-based Recreation and Latino Engagement in Boulder County, Colorado:Moving Towards Increased Social Equity
Alan Hardy

6 Engaging Visitors in a Landscape’s Stories
Lisa Hayes

7 NPS Benefits Sharing: A Revolutionary Concept for Parks
Ann Hitchcock

8 Competing Demands: Managing Cultural, Natural, Recreation, and Historic Resources in Fort Ward Park
Elisabeth Lardner, Laura Durham, and Francine Bromberg

9 Managing Wildlife and Human Behavior to Address Human–Wildlife Interactions
Kirsten Leong, Sara Melena, and Keith Bensen

10 Stories are Resources, Too: Embracing Broader Narratives to Build Parks’ Personal and Public Relevance
Fred MacVaugh

11 Identifying Important Scenic Views—Where They are and Why They are Important
Mark E. Meyer

12 The Civilian Conservation Corps at Chiricahua National Monument: A Cultural Landscape for Interpretation
Robin L. Pinto

13 Mapping Seeps, Springs, Ponds, and Streams on Santa Rosa Island, California
Paula Power and Rocky Rudolph

14 A Tale of Two Heritage Areas: Making Sense of the Past to Shape the Future
Claire Goold Shields

15 Restoring the Native Live Oak Forest in 1,000 Acres of Alameda County, California
David Stronck

16 US MAB Updates: Discussion Notes from the 2015 GWS Conference
Jennifer Thomsen

17 Developing a Citizen Science Program that Supports Your Park’s Resource Management and Monitoring Needs
Shannon R. Trimboli and Rickard S. Toomey

18 Natural Neighbors: Encouraging Cooperation between Conservation Agencies, Museums, and Similar Institutions to Introduce More Urban People to the Natural World
Thaddeus C. (Ted) Trzyna

19 Recreation, Values, and Stewardship: Rethinking Why People Engage in Environmental Behaviors in Parks and Protected Areas
Carena J. van Riper, Ryan Sharp, Kenneth J. Bagstad, Wade M. Vagias, Jane Kwenye, Gina Depper, and Wayne Freimund

20 Changing Levels of Heavy Metal Accumulation in Birds at Tumacacori National Historical Park along the Upper Santa Cruz River Watershed in Southern Arizona
Charles van Riper III and Michael B. Lester

21 Prioritizing Lightning Ignitions in Yosemite National Park with a Biogeophysical and Sociopolitically Informed Decision Tool
Kent van Wagtendonk and Douglas F. Smith

Merging Economic Reality with Park Stewardship: Learning from the Presidio and Other Models
22 Merging Economic Reality with Park Stewardship: Learning from the Presidio and Other Models (Session Overview)
John Reynolds

23 Creating Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Continuing Involvement
Amy Meyer

24 Historic Preservation Tax Act and Department of Defense Rehabilitation Study
Cherilyn E. Widell

25 Guardian of the Golden Gate
Craig Middleton

26 Leveraging Partnerships to Achieve Rehabilitation of Park Assets at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Katherine Arrow

Conference Session Highlights and Reflections from Students at San Francisco State University
Organized by Nina S. Roberts; edited by Nina S. Roberts and Samantha Weber

27 Introductory Note
Nina S. Roberts

28 Where am I Going, How Do I Get There? Conservation Careers
Brad Alper

29 Global to Local Perspectives on the Role and Growing Importance of Urban Protected Areas
Kyra Bohnett

30 Gain Understanding of Shale Oil and Gas Development, Impacts, and the Tools to Help Mitigate the Effects of These Activities
Cain Buckler

31 How Can the National Park Service Use Healthy Outdoor Recreation to Become Relevant to More Americans?
Daniel Byrne

32 National Park Service-wide Emeritus Volunteer Program
Julia Collins

33 Ecologically Sustainable Recreation in US MPAs: Are We Ready to Ride the Wave?
Alexis Comes

34 Cultural Resources and Climate Change Above and Beyond: The Accumulation of Great Minds All Around the World
Alex Eidam

35 Restoration of Protected Areas Will Be Necessary for a Long, Long Time to Come: Vegetation, Rivers, Old Mines, Rangelands, Wetlands, Wilderness
Cassandra Florez

36 The Scientific and Land Management Community has Made Huge Advances in Identifying and Mitigating Impacts to Protected Areas
Cory Goldstein

37 Recent Advances in Pollution Prevention and Detection, Monitoring, and Climate Change Response
Angelica Greenlaw

38 As Large Majorities of the World’s People Migrate to Cities, the Park Professions Need to Significantly Ramp Up the Focus on Urban Parks
Kianna Kagawaw

39 Managing a Park without Knowing What Your Visitors Know is Like Driving Blind—Visitor Impact Sessions
Marina Krauss

40 NPS Cultural Resource Challenge: Preserving America’s Shared Heritage in the 21st Century
Terryn Liljedahl

41 We Have a Story to Tell: Interpreting the Piscataway Culture
Lindsey Marsh

42 Exploring a Range of Human Impacts on Marine and Freshwater Species, and Offering Management Solutions
Andrew Mcdevitt

43 Urban Matters: A Collaborative Path to Relevancy
Alexander Mclaughlin

44 Everyone Calls For Partnerships and Outreach, But It’s Never Easy to Pull Off: How to Do It and What Still Needs to be Done
Kelsey Rawlings

45 Arguably, the Most Important Animals on the Planet Are the Ones under Our Feet (Or Buzzing through the Air): This Session Explains Why
Robert Shortt

46 Achieving Effective Stewardship by Making the Shift from Traditional to Collaborative Education Program Development
May Slen

47 Field Stations in National Parks: Opportunities and Challenges
Ryan Tachibana

48 Partnership Case Studies at Parks and Protected Areas from an International Perspective
Spencer Tanguay

49 Managing Wildlife and Human Behavior to Address Human–Wildlife Interactions
Shane Whiting